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Casio Privia PX-S3000 review at Piano Buyer #3009809 09/26/19 02:29 PM
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Forum friends, I wrote a review of the Casio Privia PX-S3000 digital piano and wanted to share it here. It's a good long read, with links to my videos at the bottom. Twitter version: The PX-S3000 offers a ridiculous amount of sound quality, power, and fun for the price of $799. And it looks really cool, too.
https://www.pianobuyer.com/article/review-casio-privia-px-s3000/

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Re: Casio Privia PX-S3000 review at Piano Buyer [Re: Stephen Fortner] #3009840 09/26/19 04:47 PM
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Nice review Stephen. It really is quite the little board, isn't it?


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Re: Casio Privia PX-S3000 review at Piano Buyer [Re: Stephen Fortner] #3009851 09/26/19 06:22 PM
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It really is. Falls into the "tough to top" category, for sure...and the damn thing runs on batteries. WIth a pretty damn decent sound system. noway rocker

I sat on a back porch early one morning last June overlooking a river in with one of those perched on my knees and nothing else other than a pair of headphones. Nice way to start the day.

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Re: Casio Privia PX-S3000 review at Piano Buyer [Re: Stephen Fortner] #3009873 09/26/19 07:40 PM
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Thank you Stephen for for such a detailed review!!

Re: Casio Privia PX-S3000 review at Piano Buyer [Re: Stephen Fortner] #3009890 09/26/19 09:21 PM
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Nice work, Stephen. I also loved the tl;dr summary for those who don't read much. I'm in the midst of watching the videos, nice job on those, too!


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Re: Casio Privia PX-S3000 review at Piano Buyer [Re: Stephen Fortner] #3009891 09/26/19 09:22 PM
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Stephan,
Nice review. I remember when this board came out there was a frenzy on this forum to determine its worthiness, and the general consensus was right about what your twitter review was.

I played one in a GC. My main interest in it was primarily that Casio had improved the action, it was applauded as a significant upgrade by nearly everyone. However, it's one fault is that the last 1/2-3/4" near the fall board is hard to play. Some of us are more sensitive to this than others, and personally I wouldn't invest in this keyboard for that reason, esp that I'd rather have a full display, MIDI jacks, etc., like the half-again-as-much PX-560, though I suppose the Chordana app makes up for that in many ways.

Great time for affordable lower end pianos! With their new action with the PX models, it means there'll be a ton of used $300-500 Previas, a fantastic price for a reasonably good action and sound!

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Re: Casio Privia PX-S3000 review at Piano Buyer [Re: Dave Bryce] #3009929 09/27/19 01:03 AM
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Originally Posted by Dave Bryce


I sat on a back porch early one morning last June overlooking a river in with one of those perched on my knees and nothing else other than a pair of headphones. Nice way to start the day.

dB


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Re: Casio Privia PX-S3000 review at Piano Buyer [Re: Stephen Fortner] #3015378 11/09/19 03:01 AM
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Perhaps covered elsewhere, but I've deemed the old standby FC7 the best exp pedal for this board. (imho of course laugh)
In fact, I'm sending this Moog EP-3 I just bought back to Amazon. Of all I've tried, it is a close second, but I still feel a teeny tiny "hitch" in the volume as I sweep it from low to high. And yes, I did calibrate it to the 3000 first, but I still hear it.


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Re: Casio Privia PX-S3000 review at Piano Buyer [Re: Stephen Fortner] #3015384 11/09/19 04:20 AM
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I really enjoy my 3000. It turned out not to work well for rehearsals or gigs. But it sits there in front of my desk and inspires me to press the button to turn it on and then just play away. I don't use many of the features or other sounds much because the basic piano sound is so good and the keyboard feel is so piano-like. I get set lists for new bands I just joined or sub gigs or soul jazz tunes to play at the jam or new tunes for my main band and I'm happy to call them up on my laptop on the desk in front of me and play along. It's very satisfying and it inspires me to play. Can't beat that with a stick.

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Note: To get a clean tone classic Fender Rhodes, select Electric Piano 1 and turn off it effects (DSP Phaser and Tremolo) . The clean tone Rhodes under those effects is quite good. No DSP at all is my favorite for EP 1. Just a little Reverb is perfect. Save as a Registration. I also set the 2 Knobs to Chorus and Reverb.


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Re: Casio Privia PX-S3000 review at Piano Buyer [Re: El Lobo] #3015436 11/09/19 08:43 PM
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Originally Posted by El Lobo
I really enjoy my 3000. It turned out not to work well for rehearsals or gigs. But it sits there in front of my desk and inspires me to press the button to turn it on and then just play away. I don't use many of the features or other sounds much because the basic piano sound is so good and the keyboard feel is so piano-like. I get set lists for new bands I just joined or sub gigs or soul jazz tunes to play at the jam or new tunes for my main band and I'm happy to call them up on my laptop on the desk in front of me and play along. It's very satisfying and it inspires me to play. Can't beat that with a stick.


Just curious as to why you found it unsuitable for rehearsals or gigs. I've been considering it but would want to use it both for at home and playing out. Thanks.

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I use mine for gigs.


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Sterling review, Stephen and yet another reason that I've been a Keyboard reader since issue #3. Yes, issue #3. Holy bleep, I'm so old, I'm a bit surprised to still be above the dirt. When you review something, its like a Sweetwater visit in a can. cheers


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Re: Casio Privia PX-S3000 review at Piano Buyer [Re: Jazz+] #3015444 11/09/19 10:29 PM
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Originally Posted by BenWaB3
Just curious as to why you found it unsuitable for rehearsals or gigs. I've been considering it but would want to use it both for at home and playing out. Thanks.

Originally Posted by Jazz+
I use mine for gigs.
It would be fine for rehearsals or gigs. It's just that you'll need to output to some external speakers. I was hoping that the internal speakers would have enough volume for rehearsals or low volume gigs. Turned out not to be so. I could gig with it but I'd rather use my Nord 5D for better organ sound. I double on sax so smaller footprint of 61-key board is also important.

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Thanks for the clarification, El Lobo.:)

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The church I work for bought a PX-S3000 over the summer. It's ridiculously playable. While we use it mostly for piano and piano-layered tones, the additional sounds I've started exploring range from solid, working class to "Wow!". Though there's still much for me to explore in the programming realm, the Chordana app has been very helpful.


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